Clouds & What It Means to a Boater



Lee Chesneau

Clouds & What It Means to a Boater

This seminar discusses clouds & its direct meaning to a boater. The Great Lakes are square in the middle latitudes (between 30 & 60N degrees) where the “storm track” often lies. Thus, common low pressure systems, whose standard associated features are frontal boundaries such as warm, cold, & occluded fronts, often impact the Great Lakes & for sure, waters off of the Canadian Maritimes & for further offshore for blue water cruisers, the high seas of the north Atlantic Ocean. We will highlight cloud groups & types, so boaters understand the ramifications of what is visible to the naked eye, 24 X 7, & over a 360-degree panoramic view for all to see short-term (within 6-24 hours). This also allows a boater’s determination to process (or validate) their own forecasts. Opportunities to take photos & create a rolodex file of the vast number cloud types that repeat themselves over & over again allows one to become “weather-wise” & further gives meaning to “ Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning, red sky at night, sailor’s delight”. Do not miss this opportunity to hear from a senior marine meteorologist, who is passing his knowledge from an extensive career as a weather forecaster, vessel router, & now educator & trainer during his ongoing 44 plus year career.


Lee Chesneau is senior marine meteorologist & graduate from one of the elite US universities that offer degrees in meteorology; the University of Wisconsin (Madison). His Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree in Meteorology was Lee’s ticket to a distinguished & extensive career with several line office with NOAA, with some 20 years at Ocean Prediction Center. Lee also served as a U.S. Navy civilian Ship Routing Officer, a “Route Analyst” for a major commercial ship routing company (Oceanroutes, Inc.), & his first career start as a naval officer, where he served at several U.S. Navy Fleet Weather Centers (Rota, SP, & Norfolk, VA, later at Pearl Harbor, HI, as a senior civilian meteorologist engaging with worldwide routing of Navy combatant & civilian contract shipping). He also served on an aircraft carrier as the ship’s meteorological & oceanographic officer (USS Guam LPH-9). Today, Lee in addition to being a highly seasoned & experienced professional marine meteorologist is an experienced U.S. Coast Guard certified instructor for STCW basic & advanced meteorology at continuing training institutions for professional mariners ((MITAGS & STAR Center, & Maritime Institute). He offers the same curriculum to educate & train commercial fishing & recreational boaters on becoming self-reliant in their own marine weather knowledge & weather forecasting & strategic vessel routing, & prudent decision making. Lee is a key speaker at numerous boat shows & symposia & and has his own company: Lee Chesneau’s Marine Weather He can be reached by e-mail:

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Toronto Boat Show